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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Olive Gilbert. Narrative of Sojourner Truth; A Bondswoman of Olden Time, . . . With a History of Labors and Correspondence Drawn from her “Book of Life.” Inscription by Susan B. Anthony. Battle Creek, MI: Published for the Author, 1878. Susan B. Anthony Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00)

Sojourner Truth—Eloquent Advocate for Women’s Rights

Among those attending the first national meeting in Worcester, Massachusetts, were editor Clarina Howard Nichols, physician Harriot K. Hunt, women’s property rights advocate Ernestine Rose, and many leading abolitionists, including Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and former slave Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797–1883). The latter delivered her legendary “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at a similar meeting the next year in Akron, Ohio. Susan B. Anthony observed of Truth “had she been educated—no woman could have matched her.”